Saints Row: The Third

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This page is for the original 2011 version. For the remastered version released in 2020, see Saints Row: The Third Remastered.

Saints Row: The Third
Saints Row: The Third cover
Developers
Volition
Linux Virtual Programming
Publishers
THQ
Deep Silver
Engines
CTG[1]
Release dates
Windows November 15, 2011
Linux April 14, 2016[2]
Reception
Metacritic 84
IGDB 85
Taxonomy
Monetization DLC
Microtransactions None
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Action, Shooter, Open world
Vehicles Automobile, Flight, Helicopter, Naval/watercraft
Art styles Stylized
Themes Contemporary, Comedy, Sci-fi
Series Saints Row
Saints Row: The Third on HowLongToBeat
Saints Row: The Third on IGDB
Saints Row: The Third guide on StrategyWiki
Saints Row: The Third on MobyGames
Saints Row: The Third on Wikipedia
Saints Row
Saints Row 2 2009
Saints Row: The Third 2011
Saints Row IV 2013
Saints Row: Gat out of Hell 2015
Agents of Mayhem 2017
Saints Row: The Third Remastered 2020
Saints Row 2022

Key points

The My Steelport service was shut down on January 31, 2018[3] taking with it all community-created characters. Players wanting to share custom characters need to make use of a community-made local server emulator for Windows.

General information

Official manual
Saints Row Wiki
Saints Row Mods forums
GOG.com Community Discussions for game series
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
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Windows
Linux
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The Full Package also available.
Windows
Linux
GOG.com
DRM-free
The Full Package only
Windows
Green Man Gaming
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The Full Package also available.
Windows
Linux
Humble Store
DRM-free
Standard edition is DRM-free.
The Full Package also available.
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Windows
Origin
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Windows
Steam
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The Full Package also available.
Windows
Linux

Version differences[edit]

The Full Package does not include the following DLC: Bloodsucker Pack, Unlockable Pack. These are available separately or as part of the Ultimate Franchise Pack.
The GOG.com version handles DLC differently from the other versions and is only compatible with other GOG copies in multiplayer.

DLC and expansion packs

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Instructions[4]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open display.ini.
  3. Add SkipIntroVideo = true in the file.
Delete/rename video files[citation needed]
  1. Go to Videos in the installation folder.
  2. Delete or rename logo_amd_hd.bik and logo_thq_and_voli_hd.bik.

Skip game launcher[edit]

Change filenames[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>
  2. Rename game_launcher.exe to something else (e.g. game_launcher_disabled.exe)
  3. Rename SaintsRowTheThird.exe (for DirectX 9) or SaintsRowTheThird_DX11.exe (for DirectX 11) to game_launcher.exe

Mods[edit]

Gentlemen of Steelport[edit]

Things To Do In Steelport combines all the best mods from the Saints Row modding community. Includes "Launcher with Advanced Options".

Launcher With Advanced Graphics Options[edit]

Windows-only advanced launcher.
Windows-only advanced launcher.
Launcher with a nice GUI front end for display settings editing.[5]

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\display.ini[Note 1]
Linux $XDG_DATA_HOME/vpltd/SaintsRow3/
This game follows the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux.

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %LOCALAPPDATA%\Saints Row The Third\
Steam <Steam-folder>/userdata/<user-id>/55230/remote/
23 manual save slots + 1 autosave slot are available.

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud
Approx. 100 MB available and cross-platform.

Video[edit]

Graphics settings.
Graphics settings.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Use SR3 FOV Editor
Windowed
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Use Launcher with Advanced Graphic Options.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Up to 16 samples.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
2x, 4x and 8x MSAA
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Triple buffered.
60 FPS
Cutscenes are capped at 30 FPS; see Frame rate (FPS) to fix.
120+ FPS
Due to a poorly implemented 120 FPS cap,[6] the frame rate can behave erratically in some cases. See Frame rate (FPS).
High dynamic range display (HDR)
See the glossary page for potential alternatives.

Frame rate (FPS)[edit]

Cutscenes are capped at 30 FPS, and some physics elements are capped at 60 FPS; use Cheat Engine below to fix.
In fullscreen mode, the game may switch to a 60 Hz refresh rate on startup; see Game uses incorrect refresh rate to fix.
Remove multiple FPS Caps[citation needed]
This process must be performed each time the game is launched to take effect.
  1. Download and run Cheat Engine. Go to the main menu.
  2. Set Executable, Writable and CopyOnWrite to Don't Care and memory scan option to SaintsRowTheThird_DX11.exe.
  3. Disable the Fast Scan option and search for the value 0.00833333 as a float in rounded (extreme) mode. Select all values.
  4. Disable the Fast Scan option and search for the value 0.03333333 as a float in rounded (extreme) mode. Select all values.
  5. Disable the Fast Scan option and search for the value 0.01666666 as a float in rounded (extreme) mode. Select all values.
  6. Disable the Fast Scan option and search for the value 0.00833333 as a double in rounded (extreme) mode. Select all values.
  7. Disable the Fast Scan option and search for the value 0.03333333 as a double in rounded (extreme) mode. Select all values.
  8. Disable the Fast Scan option and search for the value 0.01666666 as a double in rounded (extreme) mode. Select all values.
  9. Set the all the values to (1/FPS), see below for example:
    • 0.00694444 for 144 FPS (floats).
    • 0.00277777 for 360 FPS (floats).
    • 0.00256410 for 390 FPS (floats).
    • 0.0069444444444444 for 144 FPS (doubles).
    • 0.0027777777777777 for 360 FPS (doubles).
    • 0.0025641025641026 for 390 FPS (doubles).

Notes

A few contextual 30 FPS animation caps in cutscene to gameplay transition cannot be removed with this method without crashing and they will appear as if they're heavily stuttering at higher rates; especially if output frame rate is not divisible by 30.
Heavily recommend using the in-game triple buffered v-sync for improved frame pacing due to the implementation of FPS caps, at the cost of slightly increased input latency for lower frame rate values.

Input[edit]

Input settings.
Input settings.
Key rebinding. All the categories (top) and first section of general (bottom).
Key rebinding. All the categories (top) and first section of general (bottom).
Controller settings.
Controller settings.
Controller buttons, first section.
Controller buttons, first section.
With Steam version if DirectInput controller is present, Steam wraps inputs from it instead of XInput controller, making XInput controller unusable. Game crashes when disconnecting controller unlike with XInput controller which is hotpluggable.[7]

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Weapon Store menus cannot be entirely navigated with a keyboard.
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
XInput only.
Full controller support
Entering Cheat Codes and (now defunct) Community Login prompt requires keyboard input.
Controller remapping
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Xbox button prompts
Impulse Trigger vibration
DualShock 4 controllers
Generic/other controllers
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Additional information
Button prompts
For DualShock controllers use DualShock Button Prompts mod.
Controller hotplugging
Steam version with DirectInput controller crashes when disconnecting the controller.[7]
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M
Rapidly changes button prompts, see this for a patch to lock controller glyphs.

Remove aim assist[edit]

Add mod file that removes aim assist[citation needed]
  1. Download this file
  2. Place it in the same folder as the game executable.

Audio[edit]

General settings.
General settings.
Audio settings.
Audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Auto configures up to 5.1 output[8]
Subtitles
Option in gameplay settings. Some cutscenes of "Gangstas in Space" and "The Trouble with Clones" DLCs are not subtitled.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Option in gameplay settings.

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Czech
Dutch
French
German
Italian
Polish
Brazilian Portuguese
Fan translation, Download.
Russian
Spanish
Japanese
Retail only. Patch for digital release here.
Korean
Retail only.

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
2 Co-op, Versus
Use Nucleus Co-op.
LAN play
2 Co-op, Versus
Online play
2 Co-op, Versus
Only in the Steam version

Connection types

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native Notes
vorpX
2D
Officially supported game.
Note:Game is on official list, but not yet confirmed to be 3D to PCGW.

Issues fixed[edit]

Game uses incorrect refresh rate[edit]

The DirectX 11 version may default to the lowest supported refresh rate, ignoring the setting in the configuration file.
Override refresh rate set by game[9]
  1. Download the latest release of 3Dmigoto (3Dmigoto-XX.zip).
  2. Go into the 3Dmigoto archive, and go into x32\.
  3. Copy the contents to the installation folder.
  4. Open d3dx.ini found in the installation folder.
  5. Change hunting=1 to hunting=0.
  6. Change ;refresh_rate=60 to desired hertz (e.g. refresh_rate=120 sans the ;).

Bad Performance / Stuttering / Lag[edit]

This issue mostly affects AMD/ATI graphics cards, but these tweaks may alleviate performance issues regardless of brand.
Various solutions[10]

No Sound[edit]

Possible solutions[citation needed]
  • Turn off Hardware Sound Acceleration in DXDIAG (RUN > DXDIAG > SOUND > DirectX Features).
  • Lower your Sample Rate Conversion Quality (or turn off Hardware Acceleration) through Sounds & Audio Devices in the Control Panel (Volume > Speaker Settings > Advanced > Performance)
  • If a 7.1 or 5.1 speaker configuration is being used, set it to 2.1 in Windows Audio Options.

Controller not working[edit]

A controller may fail to function or work intermittently, most noticeably on the map screen.
Possible solutions[citation needed]
  • Plug in the controller before launching the game.
  • Remove any other devices plugged into USB ports before playing.
  • Should the controller become disconnected mid-game, restart the game with the controller plugged in.

Notes

This game only supports XInput controllers; use x360ce for other controllers.

Flickering Red Dots[edit]

Control panel fix[citation needed]
This is an issue that may occur with Nvidia graphics cards. For non-Nvidia graphics cards, please refer to the equivalent 3D control panel.
  1. Open your Nvidia control panel and navigate to Manage 3D settings
  2. Under the Program Settings tab, select Saints Row from the list of programs (You may need to add it, in which case select Saintsrowthethird_dx11.exe).
  3. Change Anisotropic Filtering and Antialiasing to Application Controlled.
  4. You may also need to turn off Antialiasing Transparency, Gamma Correction, and Texture Filtering as well.

Fail to Launch / Hangs / Freezes After Intro[edit]

Verify game cache to trigger Steam CEG executables update[citation needed]
Possible solutions[citation needed]
  • Run the game in DirectX 9 mode.
  • If multiple monitors are used, disable one of them. Make sure the main monitor is in main slot.
  • Exit any program that could mess with the game.
  • Run the game in a different, more common resolution.

Game Crashes on Loading Screen After Starting a New Game[edit]

Possible solutions[citation needed]
  • Verify the integrity of the game cache.
  • Start game in DirectX 9 mode and start a new game. After that the game can be switched to DirectX 10/11.
  • Install the game on a native NTFS drive if the game is run...
    • on a Mac with Boot Camp
    • using an HFS+ formatted drive
    • with additional software such as MacDrive

Crashing on Radeon Graphics Cards[edit]

On some Radeon cards, the game may fail to automatically configuring graphics settings. If this is the case, the game will also crash when you try to change display settings in-game.
Skip autoconfig[citation needed]
Don't use auto-detect graphics settings in game.
  1. Open <path-to-game>\display.ini
  2. Change Preset from -1 to a number from 1 to 4 where 1 is ultra low and 4 is ultra high

Seemingly Random Crashes in DirectX 11 Mode[edit]

Raise GPU core voltage[12]
The core voltage of the video card could be too low.
  • Raise the core voltage by a little.

Notes

Warning: Changing settings on your video card may void warranties and can potentially damage the card.

Launcher is blank[edit]

Use an alternate launcher[citation needed]
Skip launcher[citation needed]
Move game to an internal hard drive[citation needed]
  • If you have Steam installed on an External Hard Drive try moving Steam to an internal Hard Drive.

Missing saved games or insufficient space error[edit]

Saved games may be missing despite being in the correct folder, and Saints Row claims there's not enough storage space.
Restart Steam[citation needed]

Lag in Co-op through a LAN connection[edit]

Sync framerates[citation needed]
This is caused by one player having a much lower frame rate than the other.
  • Modify video settings until the framerates are almost even.

Problems while entering Crib or Saving/Loading[edit]

Loading from a saved game and trying to entering a crib gives a black screen and goes back to the desktop. This may also occur when trying to save a game manually and when killing someone after loading.
Change Windows date[citation needed]
There may be a conflict between Steam and SRTT.
  • Change the date of your Windows system to the date of the last saved game.

Game Randomly Crashing During Gameplay[edit]

Limit affinity to two cores[citation needed]
Set the affinity of the game to two cores only (max = two physical cores and two related hyper-threading logical cores, if available).
  • Bill's Process Manager is a great tool to manage the affinity (and priority) for games without creating custom scripts or using the task manager each time.

Stuttering caused by My Steelport service shutdown[edit]

The game repeatedly attempts to connect the now-defunct My Steelport service, which may cause the game to shutter.
Edit hosts file[13]
  1. Go to %WINDIR%\System32\drivers\etc\.
  2. Open hosts with an editor like Notepad.
  3. Add the line 127.0.0.1 sr3.hydra.agoragames.com and save the file.

Notes

This fix will also enable the game to use My Steelport emulator.

LAN not working[edit]

The game has trouble binding to the right network adapter if multiple ones are enabled
Disable any (virtual) network adapters not needed for the LAN connection[14]
Force the game to bind to the right adapter using an utility such as ForceBindIP (necessary if using ZeroTier, Hamachi or Radmin)[15]

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9, 11 Backward compatibility for Direct3D 10 and 10.1 GPUs is provided by Direct3D 11
Shader Model support 3, 5
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows
Linux

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Physics Havok
Audio Wwise
Cutscenes Bink Video
Multiplayer Steamworks For Steam version.

Mods[edit]

Unnofficial Patch[edit]

Fixes various bugs while making the game less fantastic.

Launch Options[edit]

By using command line parameters you can force the game to use the specified language.
Parameter Description
-localize_language us Set language to English
-localize_language de Set language to German
-localize_language fr Set language to French
-localize_language es Set language to Spanish
-localize_language it Set language to Italian
-localize_language nl Set language to Dutch
-localize_language pl Set language to Polish
-localize_language cz Set language to Czech
-localize_language ru Set language to Russian
-localize_language jp Set language to Japanese

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo
AMD Athlon X2
System memory (RAM) 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 10 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 8800
ATI Radeon HD 3800
320 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible
Shader model 3.0 support
Sound (audio device) DirectX compatible sound card
Linux
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 14.04.3, 15.04, 17.1, SteamOS
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i5-4570T 2.9 GHz
AMD Athlon II X2 270 3.8 GHz
System memory (RAM) 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 7 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GT 630
AMD Radeon HD 6850
1 GB of VRAM
Other MESA drivers and Intel Graphics are not currently supported.

Notes

  1. When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (more details).

References